By ESTHER ONYEGBULA
Barely 24 hours after President Goodluck Jonathan officially declared his intention to run for a second term in office, he has started reaching out to prominent groups in the South West to actualise his ambition come 2015.
One of such groups is Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, whose leader, Otunba Gani Adams, played host to Special Adviser to the President on the Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, yesterday.
Although the duo denied that their close door meeting which lasted for several hours in Lagos, had nothing to do with President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 ambition, the undertone of the courtesy visit showed otherwise as a reliable source close to the corridors of powers disclosed that the meeting was in line with Jonathan’s effort to woo the South-West ahead of 2015.
According to Otunba Adams, the President of Nigeria had the constitutional right to contest for a second term.
“Since he is passing through a process that is constitutional, he has a right to contest,” Otunba Adams said.
Adams said President Goodluck Jonathan’s first two years in office was a completion of late Musa Yar’Ádua tenure.
He said: “But it is left for Nigerians to decide whether they want him or not. In my own humble opinion he has right to contest for second tenure.”
In a bid to prevent Nigerians from reading meanings to the visit, Mr. Kingsley Kuku noted: “I advise Nigerians not to read any political meaning to the visit.
“Otunba Gani Adams and I share several bond, we come from the same state, we struggled together against the military and above all, we have the same ideology.
“Since I assumed office as Special Adviser to the President on the Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme, I haven’t seen my brother,” Kuku explained.
On continuation of amnesty programe after 2015, Kuku noted that there were so many people in the Niger Delta, South-South, South East and the three senatorial districts of the north where youths and women needed some form of empowerment.